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Genocide Studies and Prevention
International Association of Genocide Scholars
Peer reviewed
Open access
Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University

Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal (GSP) is the official journal of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS). The IAGS, founded in 1994, is “a global, interdisciplinary, non-partisan organization that seeks to further research and teaching about the nature, causes, and consequences of genocide, and advance policy studies on prevention of genocide.” The journal provides a forum for discussion to foster “awareness of the atrocities linked to genocide while promoting the necessity of prevention.” Articles published in it chronicle “the latest developments in policy, research, and theory from various disciplines including history, political science, sociology, psychology, international law, criminal justice, women's studies, religion, philosophy, literature, anthropology, and art history.” The editors invite submissions that provide “comparative research, important new work, case studies, the links between genocide, mass violence and other human rights violations, and prevention and punishment of genocide and mass violence.” The editorial and advisory boards of the journal are international in membership and come from a wide variety of institutions with many different research interests and specializations, including law, human rights, cultural studies, conflict resolution, international relations, and social theory.

If you take a look at the table of contents for the most recent issue at the time of this review (Volume 10, Issue 3, 2016), you’ll get an idea of the impressive content to be found in GSP.  It shows the four articles: “The 1994 Rwandan Genocide: The Religion/Genocide Nexus, Sexual Violence, and the Future of Genocide Studies,” ‘“Her Name Was Not Seher, It Was Heranuş…”: Reading Narratives of Forced Turkification in Twenty-First Century Turkey,’ “Spatiality of the Stages of Genocide: The Armenian Case,” and “Punishing Genocide: A Comparative Empirical Analysis of Sentencing Laws and Practices at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Rwandan Domestic Courts, and Gacaca Courts,” as well as the case study: “Case of Vasiliauskas v. Lithuania in the European Court of Human Rights,” and four scholarly book reviews of A History of Rwandan Identity and Trauma: The Mythmakers' Victims, Just Remembering: Rhetorics of Genocide Remembrance and Sociopolitical Judgment, Women and War in Rwanda: Gender, Media and the Representation of Genocide, and Man or Monster? The Trial of a Khmer Rouge Torturer.

As harrowing as it can be to read, this is an important journal that should be brought to the attention of anyone working for and studying human rights and societies in general.
01 May 2017
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